Following Up A Highly Recognized Book

by kalbzayn on August 20, 2007

I am currently reading Endymion by Dan Simmons. It is the third book in the Hyperion series.

The first book, Hyperion, is just amazing. It is one of my favorite science fiction books of all time. In fact, it is probably one of my favorite books in recent memory. Some of the plot lines and descriptions take your breath away. This is one of those rare books that sucks you in so much that you end up tuning out the rest of the world. It was good enough to win the Hugo Award back in 1990.

The second book, The Fall of Hyperion, is a bit more traditionally plotted and not nearly as much “literature.” It gets much closer to a good old fashioned space opera. But the writing itself is still awesome. The stakes for humanity are insanely high. The pages turn late into the night. It was nominated for the Nebula award in 1991.

Both Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion won Locus Awards for their respective years.

I’m only half way through Endymion, but I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to write the third book of a four book series that received such high accolades for the first two books. From the reviews, this is the worst book of the four. Maybe the pressure was getting to him.

But, it is still better than most of the sci-fi books I’ve read over the last several years.

Which reminds me that I need too start using the Hugh/Nebula lists more frequently when finding new books to read.

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